Dec 12, 2012 6:00am PST
. in a diplomatic shift, the u.s. will recognize the syrian council. president obama announced the move in an interview with barbara walters. >> we made a decision that the syrian opposition coalition is now inclusive enough, is reflective and representative enough of the syrian population that we consider them the legitimate representative of the syrian people in opposition to the assad regime. >> it is designed to put further pressure on the president to step down. the international community is condemning north korea's launch of a long range rocket this morning. the question is, is this of north korea's games? this is our man at the pentagon. mick, so many times when it comes to north korea, they do these things and i said it's not the fourth of july and noting this and christmas. usually they wait to a holiday. this one seems more serious. >> it is. the u.s. military and intelligence officials actually expected the launch to occur december 17th which would be the one-year anniversary of the death of kim jung il, the father of the current leader kim jung un. not only were they taken
Dec 7, 2012 6:00am PST
. >> there is a unanimous view here today that we support president obama in announcing. >> and we sure do have your back. >> well, there he was. as he squares off with syrian president assad over the threat of a chemical attack on the syrian rebels. meanwhile, rebels are trying to corner assad inside the capital potentially raising the chances that he could take desperate, drastic action. the washington editor at large for "the atlantic" and is with the new american foundation. david, let me start with you. the question on this red line, have the syrians already crossed it if they're preparing the weapons to deliver the chemical waem weapons? is that the crossing of the line? >> it would seem to be the crossing of the line if you took what the president said in august when he gave an impromptu news conference and i think it was your question that prompted him to say at that time that if they move the weapons or if they used them, it would, i think his word was changed my calculus. >> and it was moved. exactly right. they've moved him. >> they have certainly -- it's not clear they've moved them outside t
Dec 6, 2012 6:00am PST
. >> there is a political cartoon somebody sent me this morning that had assad, you know, has president obama lecturing don't you use chemical weapons and assad saying okay while they show him clubbing his people. he is still just brutalizing syrians. >> hundreds are dying every day. you could kill the same number of people or more with chemical weapons. it's a different order of magnitude in terms of the moral threat obviously and everything else but, you know, right now assad still has apparently free rein to do whatever he wants with his conventional munitions against his own people. >> you have to wonder when does that change? maybe the russians will finally get there. >> this is the key question. the russians have a problem with muslim extremism. they do not want chemical weapons falling into the hands of muslim extremists who might transfer them. >> are they on the way out of supporting assad? did assad accidently give them -- >> it seems like -- if you were the russian foreign minister and you're not but if you were -- you would probably be seeking a way out, too. there is no future for this regime.